The state of Ecuador has received funding for innovative programs in the Galাপpagos. Photo: EFE

Board of Directors of the Green Climate Fund (FVC) Approved a grant of USD 117.6 million for its program Innovative action Against the effects of climate change, in the Ecuadorian archipelago Galapagos.

This was reported by Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Ministry of EnvironmentIn a water and environmental change Release So he mentioned that this initiative will be implemented in the future Five years.

Resource contributions will be served Energy matrix changes Of islands, strengthening Climate resilience Livelihood and generation Sustainable process Of this action.

The program will be implemented by the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF(And executed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)FAO), And the Global Fund for Nature (WWF), Coordinated and led by the Ministry of Environment and the Governing Council of the Galাপpagos Special Regime (CGREG)

Funding for productive activities

It is planned to generate 490,215 MW (MW / hr) per hour and a flow is included. Credit More than USD 15 million for financing sustainable productive activities.

This will allow you to create more than 250 Jobs In the energy, agriculture, fisheries and tourism sectors, it created direct jobs for more than 4,872 people and benefited more than 1,704 people with the water system, the ministry said in a statement.

From an environmental point of view, the project will reduce CO2 from the energy sector by about 600,000 tons in the next 25 years.

In addition, it will promote sustainable management of more than 20,000 hectares of agricultural land; Restoration of 138,000 sq km of marine ecosystems and 1,500 hectares of terrestrial ecosystems.

Climate change in the Galাপpagos Islands

Gustavo Manrique, Minister Environment, Water and Ecological Transition, indicated that “the project will implement its approach Environmental change In the Galapagos Islands. That means implementing measures to restore the ecosystem and improve the living conditions of the Galাপpagos population. “

Recent “creation Reserve Brotherhood And the receipt of this funding is two relevant milestones that will transform the Galapagos towards a model of sustainable development, low emissions and resilient to the effects of climate change, ”he noted.

For its CEO CAFSergio Díaz-Granados, it is “essential to adopt Emergency measures To preserve the natural ecosystem.

“From the CAF, the current commitment to the environment, for which it has established in its corporate work plan, will become the major green and blue bank in Latin America and the Caribbean, raising USD 25,000 million over the next five years to promote green. Growth in the region, “he said.

Climate change

Augustine Zimmerman, Representative FAO In Ecuador, he said, “Climate change is the core of the agency’s work. Climate action in that sector is considered Agricultural food “As a key process of building resilience through population transformation through livelihood transformation, through rural poverty reduction and adaptation to climate change.”

According to Tarsisio Granizo, WWF Representative in Ecuador, “the effects of climate changeFragile ecosystem The Galapagos are inevitable, but their dimensions can be reduced, as long as the adaptive capacity is strong, covering a variety of sectors under a comprehensive and participatory approach.

“This is a specific aspect of the program, where ecosystem-based adaptation measures will be taken and active participation of society through education and communication will be promoted,” he added.

Is working

The Ministry of Environment will coordinate the efforts, follow-up and effectiveness of initiatives implemented by different actors in this program.

It will work jointly with the state portfolio of tourism, agriculture and livestock, energy and mining, the Galাপpagos Special Regime Government Council and the Department of Galাপpagos National Parks.

The Galapagos Islands are located about one thousand kilometers off the continental coast of Ecuador and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978.

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